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Man run over after fight at Gresham 7-Eleven dies; suspects remain in custody

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Russell Courtier and Colleen Hunt, jail booking photos Russell Courtier and Colleen Hunt, jail booking photos
Larnell Malik Bruce (Photo: Gresham Police Department) Larnell Malik Bruce (Photo: Gresham Police Department)

A man who was hit by a car as he attempted to escape a fight outside a 7-Eleven store in Gresham died at the hospital, according to police.

Police reported that Larnell Malik Bruce, 19, of Washington, died as a result of his injuries Saturday.

Bruce was critically injured Wednesday night.

Police said he was involved in a physical fight with another man at 11:45 p.m. at the convenience store on the 18700 block of East Burnside Street.

Bruce ran from the scene, but he was chased down and run over by two people in a 1991 Jeep Wrangler, according to investigators. Bruce was believed to be on the sidewalk at the time.

The suspects were stopped by police about seven minutes later near Northeast 185th Drive and Sandy Boulevard.

Russell Courtier, 38, and Colleen Hunt, 35, both of Gresham, were arrested on charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

Courtier was driving the Jeep, according to officers, and had been fighting with Bruce. 

“I hurt inside and I’m just wanting closure,” Bruce’s mother Christina Mines said. “I miss him so much.”

Mines says her son was a kind young man caught up in addiction and life on the streets of East Burnside in Gresham.

“He’s a good kid, you know he had a hard life,” family friend Vanessa Galindo said.

She adds the pain of Bruce being gone is tough.

“It’s almost like you want to close your eyes and wake up and it’s all over,” Galindo said. “God just wanted him back, you know like his mom said he is one of God’s angels now.”

Mines’ says she wants to see justice in her son’s death but at the same time forgiveness for the two charged in the case.

“I want them to know that I forgive them and that I understand the addiction, I’m not saying that it was right, but I do, I do forgive them and I just hope that justice is served,” Mines said.

Police said the victim and suspects did not know each other prior to the altercation at the store.

No other information was released about the investigation.

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office has been notified of Bruce's death and will consider additional charges in this case.

Bail has been set at more than $500,000.

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